City Watch #3

Our third round up of recent news and events around Wellington. If you think we’ve missed anything or having any tip offs or information please contact us.

Thirty-five people remain homeless after Saturday’s slip in Kingston affected eight homes – including three which could be demolished because of their perilous position. Both Celia Wade-Brown and Paul Eagle used their Facebook pages pretty well giving (in Celia’s case, very detailed) information and photos of the incident.

Labour’s Onslow-Western Ward candidate Malcolm Aitkin put out his first press release saying that Wellington must pick up its game and create more sustainable, smart, innovative businesses.

The march towards a Wellington super-city has taken a fresh twist, with Wellington City Council breaking with the regional working party and proposing their own single-tier model.

Deputy Mayor Ian McKinnon’s quest for a knighthood continues after being made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and the community in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

In what could be record speed decision making, Wellington City Council took two minutes to sign off on extensive road closures this weekend so an ad could be shot for an American telecommunications company.

Residents of a quiet cul-de-sac in Grenada North opened their curtains yesterday morning to find cows grazing outside their windows. They were eventually mooved on by Council animal rangers.

Iona Pannett continues to maintain a blog where she regularly posts things so small and fleeting in length they really should be Facebook statuses or tweets, then links the “blog” posts to one of two Facebook profiles and her Twitter account. What’s the point in this?

Former Labour minister, champion for women’s rights and Chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council, Dame Margaret Shields passed away, aged 71.

The Wellingtonian agrees with us that John Morrison’s announcement that he is running for the Wellington mayoralty has galvanised the forthcoming local body elections.

It took some good old fashioned public shaming to force the Greater Wellington Regional Council into action and remove debris along the Ruamahanga and Waipoua Rivers following the felling of hundreds of willow trees.

A cool project we reported on in an earlier City Watch to revive of an old unfinished book about Newtown promises to be a real page-turner and reveal some of the suburb’s mysteries.

The Nelson Mail published an interesting take on local government and how representative it really is by former Nelson City Council CEO Keith Marshall.

The  Regional Council have lightened up and offered a creative early morning coffee maker who uses the Carterton train station car park one month free usage after trying to charge her $20 an hour for the space.

As we’ve previously mentioned here, supporters of the Karori Community Hall Trust overflowed from the oral submission meeting on the city’s draft annual plan last week as they asked for $2 million towards its proposed event centre.

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